That the generation to come might know . . . (Psalm 78:6).
God’s Word tells us of the importance of children in the eyes of God. In Russia and her neighboring countries, generations are growing up with little or no knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, and reaching them with the Gospel is critical.
Russian children and their families face monumental challenges. Economic conditions have been unstable since the Soviet collapse, and even two decades after the end of atheistic communism, millions are left with an enormous spiritual vacuum. Parents want better lives for their children, and they are deeply grateful when caring local church workers show genuine love to their little ones. Because of this, evangelical churches have tremendous opportunities for evangelistic outreach and discipleship ministries dedicated to children. Best of all, as the children are shown Christ’s love through the local church and believe the Gospel, the children often become the evangelists to reach their whole families.
Children are the church of tomorrow, and whether it’s through SGA-sponsored summer camps, orphan ministry or Sunday schools, the God-given opportunities to reach them are truly vast.
January 8th, 2015We were blessed today to receive a fast report from the Russian city of Pskov, where Konstantin Luposhtyan is an SGA-sponsored missionary pastor. Konstantin wrote to express their thanks, and to praise God for the tremendous ministry opportunity SGA partners helped make possible.
December 23rd, 2014Here in North America, we are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this week—Thursday, December 25. However, across Russia and her neighboring countries, most Christians observe Christmas according to the Eastern calendar on January 7. Between now and then, many evangelical churches will be busily putting the finishing touches on their plans for fruitful, SGA-sponsored Immanuel’s Child children’s Christmas outreaches.
December 12th, 2014Since 2013, Azamat has been concentrating on ministry to orphans who, on reaching adulthood, have “graduated” and left the orphanage for lives on their own. The joy he has in his ministry is mixed with very deep concern for the young people, who are now in the outside world with many challenges and temptations.
November 5th, 2014As with Central Asia, many regions in the Caucasus Mountains of the CIS are Muslim-dominant and any ministry must be carried on with great caution. This summer, a camp was held in one such region, and the almost 40 children who attended were mainly from Muslim homes. Pastor Khafis reports that the Lord was at work in many hearts.